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We are also in the midst of going live across an entire organization. Based on our experience, I would hesitate to use Ideation early in your rollout. While it may differ in every organization, I think ideation is more useful as your population gets comfortable with the other aspects of the platform. I suggest going ahead with the group and then organized discussions around each process improvement. It seems newer users are more comfortable with posting in a discussion than the a new automated process like ideation. You could always use polls too to take the group's pulse on a topic quickly. Once everyone is comfortable with discussions, polls and group dynamics, I would then step it up into a structured ideation.
You also don't want a "build it and they will come" approach, as not everyone may find a need to use the ideation at first, and then you may have a low engaged vehicle on your hands for all to see.
Again, every organization has a different comfort level with social computing, so this is just my advice.
Good points...but it is too late. The ideation module was turned on during the pilot and as our population has grown it is already being used by several groups. Our company already had a collaborative culture with the use of SharePoint. They are use to sharing and discussing ideas.
This group I am speaking of is for IT Process Improvements. IT employees (300) from all of our global sites will submit process improvement and cost savings ideas within this group. The will submit these suggestions as ideas. The ideas can then be voted on and discussed openly within the group. This discussion will give IT management the data necessary to make decisions on which improvements to adopt.
I would tend to agree with Patrick. We have been live for three years now, and we're just getting ready to go live with ideation. If you give people too many bells and whistles, they can easily get overwhelmed.
That said, I'd love to hear what other simple process steps people have put in place or used in their instances when they launch Ideation. My concern is that if we allow people to implement, but then they don't follow through, this could be an engagement killer. But obviously too much process will kill it just as fast (cause no one will want to implement).